January 21, 2014
THE GUYS from Hip Hop Fundamentals don't look like the performers who used to show up at my school assemblies. They arrive in fly Kangol bucket-style hats and mock turtlenecks. On their feet, they rock Adidas Gazelle sneakers or Clyde Frazier basketball shoes, by Puma. And if I say they dance their butts off, I'm not exagerating. Trust me. These dudes can pop lock, head spin and floor rock with the best bboys around. Watching them perform on YouTube videos, I couldn't help but wonder why they aren't big stars doing their thing on VH1 or Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance" instead of leading school assemblies.
September 22, 1997 |
The Eagles were off yesterday, but they weren't idle. They hosted the Eagles Youth Partnership Carnival, which benefits the Philadelphia community in the areas of education and child health. Above, Janee Squadrito (86) and Deanna D'Antonio (center) check out the cheerleaders' dance moves. Autographs also were part of the program. Here, Ricky Watters prepares to sign a cap.
September 15, 2007 |
Nothing could have been more fun, raw and ribald than this funky four-pack that sold out Johnny Brenda's Thursday. Every time Brazil's baile funk band Bonde do Rol? hit Philly, they make a mess. Notorious for teeth-chattering beats, rude sex lyricism, and cheesy rock samples, previous Bonde do Rol? visits to Upstairs @ Sal's and the Mummers Museum turned into beer-spitting, clothes-peeling melees. This show was sedate save for Portuguese-language MC Marina Ribatski's pelvic movements.
July 22, 2010
Nickname: Kat. Age: Not saying. Neighborhood: Havertown. Job(s): "I'm editor-in-chief of Phillyin.com, a Philly lifestyle Web site featuring events, dating, sports stories, interviews with upcoming Philadelphians, etc., told through the perspective of four Philly writers. I also co-host two on-demand dance shows, 'Dance Club Divas' and 'Gametime Girls,' as well as model and act for local agencies. " This girl gets around: "My work brings me all over this city. I'm somewhere new every day. The city of Philadelphia is both my office and my playground.
July 28, 2010
Nickname: Lucky. Age: 32. Neighborhood: West Chester. Job: Event marketing for Sundance Vacations and Bluegreen Resorts. Nominated by: Himself. "I saw the ad in the paper and thought, 'I don't have anything to lose.' " West Wing dreams: Would like to be president of the United States. "I love people. I'd love to get into politics and nonprofit work, anything to give back - somewhere that I can influence things. " Dancing machine: "I love to dance. I'm really athletic, and I absolutely love making other people laugh and smile.
November 11, 2012 |
"Just be goofy. No one can see you. " With those words of advice from La Salle sophomore Keala Evans - my appointed mascot handler - I got inside the La Salle Explorer's grinning and comically oversize head last weekend to see what it's like to be a Big 5 mascot. The Explorer, nemesis of the Saint Joseph's Hawk, the Villanova Wildcat, the Temple Owl and the Penn Quaker, is a wide-eyed swashbuckler who pumps up the crowd at my alma mater during basketball season at the Tom Gola Arena in Olney.
July 9, 2011 |
When Derrick Gray Jr., a longtime resident of the Atlanta region, came to Pennsauken High School as a sophomore in 2004, people noticed right away. He stood more than six feet tall and weighed about 250 pounds, making him a formidable defensive end on the varsity football team. He spoke with such a "country" accent that some had trouble understanding him, friends said. And he put ranch dressing on everything. "Pizza, spaghetti, chicken, you name it, he put ranch on it," said his first cousin, Shemika Weaver, 32, of Atlanta.
February 4, 2004 |
I wish it would all just end. All the furor from the FCC; all the disingenuous apologies from Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, CBS, MTV, and the NFL; all the reactions, both naive and over-the-edge. All because Jackson got a bit more exposure than advertised. I am not condoning what happened. I am sure that many people who were watching the Super Bowl halftime and saw the Jackson breast exposed (or mostly exposed), even if only for a split second, were, um, surprised. And then there were the millions who turned their heads to get a drink or a snack and missed it. Some viewers were offended by the sexually suggestive dance moves by Jackson and Timberlake.
March 19, 2010 |
Janelle Mon?e has it pretty good. The Kansas City, Kan., singer and composer born Janelle Robinson has the backing of Sean Combs and the guys in Outkast. Her theatrical soul sounds and android lyrics have attracted high-alert hype since before her Metropolis, Suite I: The Chase EP dropped in 2007. She's wowed fashionistas with her Afro-pompadour and tightly tailored formal wear. And even before she releases her debut full-length album The ArchAndroid - which comes out in May - she sold out two nights this week at Johnny Brenda's to a crowd dotted with Mon?e look-alikes.
May 15, 2004 |
Justin Timberlake may be getting all the raves for his Justified solo debut, but fellow 'N Sync heartthrob JC Chasez's solo gig is nothing to sneeze at. Performing at the Trocadero Thursday to a three-quarters-capacity throng of frisky young females, Chasez was a bumping and grinding, locking and popping dancing machine as he sang carnally minded jams from his debut solo outing, Schizophrenic, in a voice that alternated between achy tenor and...